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How to Tell If You Have Dental  or Enamel Erosion?

How to Tell If You Have Dental or Enamel Erosion?

Dental Health, NEWS
In simple terms, dental erosion is the breakdown of your tooth surface, which can lead to tooth damage. Dental Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth. This tough shell is the hardest tissue in the human body. Sometimes coffee, tea, cola, red wine, fruit juices, and cigarettes stain the enamel on your teeth. Unlike a broken bone that can be repaired by the body, once a tooth chips or breaks, the damage is done forever. Because enamel has no living cells, the body cannot repair chipped or cracked enamel. Tooth or dental erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. Enamel erosion can be caused by the following: Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids) Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid) Dry ...
Spider Bite Paralyses Physician in England

Spider Bite Paralyses Physician in England

NEWS
A trainee medic in England, Jasmine Harris has been left almost paralysed and unable to walk for six months now due to a mysterious spider bite. The 21-year-old Harris who is in excruciating pain woke with a small puncture wound like two pin pricks on her lower right leg one Sunday in May. She coated it with antiseptic cream but it became increasingly painful and grew in size. Harris, of Chichester, West Sussex, went to the hospital and was given antibiotics as doctors suspected it was a mosquito bite. But in the following days she lost the ability to walk properly and the bite became a huge ulcer. Tests identified potentially-fatal PVL-positive Staphylococcus aureus, a soft tissue infection which causes recurrent and invasive infections. Harris said she is now unable to walk for mor...
Is Lung Cancer Widespread Among Women?

Is Lung Cancer Widespread Among Women?

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to health, experts say that one of the best ways we protect ourselves is by always “checking in” with our own bodies. Lung cancer, in particular, kills more women a year than any other form of cancer, but few women are aware of all the symptoms, particularly those specific to their gender. Lung Cancer Awareness Month is marked in November every year. It is a day set aside to raise awareness about lung cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. In Nigeria, members of the public still see cancer as a disease of the wealthy, the elderly and developed countries. Many sufferers of the disease in the country still regard it as their fate and, as such, a death sentence. Cancer is not just a health issue; it has far-reaching social and economic implications. H
Health Insurance Advocated For Persons Living With HIV

Health Insurance Advocated For Persons Living With HIV

NEWS
An NGO, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has urged Federal Government to adopt healthcare insurance scheme for people living with HIV/AIDS to reduce dependency on donor funds for its treatment and prevention. Dr Kema Onu, the Site Coordinator of AHF Nigeria, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Onu spoke on the sidelines of events commemorating the 2017 World AIDS Day celebration. According to Wikipaedia, every Dec.1, since1988, has been designated as the World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. “Government and health officials, non-governmental organisations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS preventi
10,000 Nigerians Die of Cancer Annually – Minister

10,000 Nigerians Die of Cancer Annually – Minister

NEWS
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday in Abuja said 10,000 people die annually due to agony and lack of basic equipment for treatment of cancer. Adewole said this at the inauguration of the National Hospital’s Radiotherapy Centre with new Multilleave Lenear Accelerator for cancer treatment. He attributed the number of deaths to lack of necessarily equipment and resources to attend to cancer patients. The minister who described cancer as a worldwide disease that kill more people than the combination of Tuberculosis, infectious diseases and HIV, decried the lack of resources to cushion the effect of cancer. He said: “Base on the review of International Atomic Energy Agencies of all countries conducted in 2013 only South Africa and Egypt have the capability of treating ca
Women Should Give Birth Lying On Their Side Rather Than Staying Upright: Study Reveals

Women Should Give Birth Lying On Their Side Rather Than Staying Upright: Study Reveals

NEWS, Women's health
Women should lie on their side while giving birth rather than adopting an upright position, say experts. Expectant mothers are often told to stay active in labour or adopt upright positions to prevent slowing down delivery, ease pain and reduce the chance of needing intervention such as forceps.But a new study has found that women are actually more likely to have a natural birth without any intervention if they lay on their side. The length of labour was also slightly shorter when women were lying down and they were no more likely to need a suction device or forceps delivery, Caesarean section or to suffer tearing. At present, UK guidelines say women having an epidural should stay upright in the second stage of labour to reduce the chance they will need ventouse or forceps. But the new st...
Newborn Baby Rises from Death in India

Newborn Baby Rises from Death in India

Children's Health, NEWS
A miracle has occurred in India after a newborn declared dead by a doctor was seen breathing again some hours later while the parents and other family members were on their way to his funeral. The boy’s mother gave birth to twins Thursday at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Doctors said one of the twins, a baby girl, was stillborn. They initially said the boy was in critical condition, but two hours later he was declared dead, Praveen Malik, the twin’s grandfather, told CNN. The parents were on their way to a cremation ground when they noticed “some movements” inside one of the polythene bags that the hospital gave them with the babies’ bodies. “When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe my eyes,
Lagos Prisons Get Large Drug Supply for Inmates

Lagos Prisons Get Large Drug Supply for Inmates

NEWS
The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NIS) has received large consignment of drugs to cater for the health needs of its inmates. The state Controller of Prisons, Mr Tunde Ladipo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that the medications would be distributed among the five prisons in Lagos State. The five prison formations in Lagos State are Maximum, Medium, Female (all in Kirikiri), Ikoyi and Badagry. He said that it was the first time the command was receiving such large consignment of medications from NIS headquarters in several years. Ladipo said that prisons in Lagos had until now lacked essential drugs for sick inmates, forcing the command to seek assistance from NGOs and religious bodies. ““I am highly elated because we have been having problems with
Turai Yar’Adua’s Dream Dies at Abuja Cancer Centre

Turai Yar’Adua’s Dream Dies at Abuja Cancer Centre

NEWS
Mrs Turai Yar’Adua, wife of Nigeria’s former president, Umaru Yar’Adua once had a grand dream to build a cancer centre in the Nigerian capital that will cater especially for the poor. On July 18, 2009, she assembled the Nigerian rich and government contractors to a fundraising in Abuja, which was also attended by his usually taciturn husband, battling some complicated diseases at the time. “My resolve to stand up to the menace of cancer is occasioned by the devastating effects of the disease on our population. The more enlightened and financially capable among Nigerians suffering from cancer have been able to travel out to seek professional and medical attention in the form of diagnosis and treatments,” Turai said. Financial pledges made by the galaxy of guests to actualise her dream am
Staff of 2 Kano Hospitals to Sign Bond Forbidding Strike

Staff of 2 Kano Hospitals to Sign Bond Forbidding Strike

NEWS
Staff of the newly constructed hospitals of Giginyu Specialist Hospital and Zoo Road Pediatric Hospital in Kano will have to sign a bond forbidding them from going on wanton strikes. This was disclosed by Kano state governor Dr. Ganduje while inaugurating a 20 - man advisory committee on the operations of the hospitals, expected to be commissioned soon by President Muhammadu Buhari. “It will not be business as usual. Anybody serving in the two hospitals must sign an agreement that he or she will not go on strike. It will not be worthwhile for the government to spend so much money in constructing and equipping the hospitals only for their workers to embark on strikes at will,” Ganduje said.  He said the two new hospitals were built mainly to reduce medical trip abroad by providing
NMA Wants More Research on HIV, AIDS

NMA Wants More Research on HIV, AIDS

NEWS
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kwara state chapter, has solicited the support of the Federal and state governments for more research to curb the HIV and AlDS scourge in the country. The Chairman of the Association, Dr Kunle Olawepo made the call in llorin, on Friday in a statement to commemorate the 2017 world HlV and AlDS day. Olawepo who expressed delight that there was remarkable reduction on the outbreak of the disease, noted that more support was needed for the research to further improve on the current available treatment plans. The Chairman added that more research on the causes of the disease would assist in the prevention, treatment and control activities. He appealed for the provision of free and affordable treatment for all infected persons in the country. ...
With 36.7m People HIV-Positive, World AIDS Day 2017 Stresses the Right to Health

With 36.7m People HIV-Positive, World AIDS Day 2017 Stresses the Right to Health

NEWS
Today, Friday, December 1 is the World AIDS Day. And the theme of this year’s celebration is: Right to health. In 2015, global leaders signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. The UHC framework now lies at the centre of all health programmes. To complement the global World AIDS Day 2017 campaign which promotes the theme “Right to health,” the World Health Organisation has stressed the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV globally and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage. Under the slogan “Everybody counts”, WHO advocates access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines, including medicines, diagnostics and other health commoditie
Common Disorders Occurring in Pregnancy (4) Infections

Common Disorders Occurring in Pregnancy (4) Infections

NEWS, Women's health
Some infections are common in pregnancy simply because there is an ongoing pregnancy and the woman is vulnerable as a result of the pregnancy. Other infections may occur notwithstanding the presence of a pregnancy.  Amongst them, I have discussed below. Malaria. Malaria kills more children and pregnant women than any other group of people.  Chemicals that women produce in their body cause certain smell during pregnancy and so mosquitoes to them. This is one of the reasons why pregnant women may suffer from malaria more than they should have been had they not been pregnant. Also, the self-defences of pregnant women against infection is lower than when they were not pregnant. In all, pregnant women, like anyone else, may have fever, headache, chills, nausea and vomiting, body aches, jo
54 Babies Born HIV-Positive in Nasarawa – Official

54 Babies Born HIV-Positive in Nasarawa – Official

Children's Health, NEWS
The Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency, Dr Zakari Umar, said 54 babies delivered between January and September in the state tested positive to HIV. Umar made this known on Thursday in Lafia in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. Umar said out of the 1,194 pregnant women who keyed into the Prevention of Mother- to- Child Transmission HIV programme in 2017, 54 of them transmitted the virus to their babies. He explained that cases of transmission recorded were due to the lack of adherence to medical advice and refusal to take prescribed drugs. “Science has proved that it is possible to totally eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV if pregnant women living with the virus adhere to medical advice and take their drugs regularly. “Those women
Eight-Month-Old Baby Needs Surgery Every Six Months Until She’s 18

Eight-Month-Old Baby Needs Surgery Every Six Months Until She’s 18

Children's Health, NEWS
A baby girl born with several rare syndromes ‘never seen in one patient’ will need surgery every six months until she is 18 years old. Eight-month-old Zoey Tidwell, from Saucier in Mississippi, battles an array of complications, including undergrown facial bones, a large cleft palate and breathing difficulties, just to name a few. Zoey has no bones around her eye sockets, with her jaw also missing chunks of bone, leaving her unable to eat or learn to talk.   The youngster, who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as other conditions, had her first operation at just five months old and requires a tube to feed her directly into her stomach. Her mother, Megan, 27, who also has TCS, said: “Without the surgeries, her outlook is pretty bleak, and her quality of life will no